Up for a steep challenge? Lone Cone Trail is the hike for you.
You’ll want to plan for this hike - and we can help point you in the right direction. The first step is to budget approximately five to six hours for the round trip. Be sure to wear sturdy footwear, appropriate gear and to pack water and food.
This trip starts with a fifteen-minute water taxi to Meares Island, over the mudflats and past the Tla-o-qui-aht community of Opitsaht. The trail starts with a flat section and you will see markers. Prepare to be going over muddy sections and slippery tree roots. The ascent starts gradually for a little over one kilometre. Once the trail gets steep, it’s a rapid climb to the top with few switchbacks. Once you’re at the summit, enjoy that view of Clayoquot Sound and the Pacific Ocean – and accomplishment. You will have gained over 700 metres (2,296 feet) in elevation.
Note that there will be a fee for your water taxi, and a $10 access fee for the trail itself. Book your water taxi with several outfitters in Tofino.
Is Lone Cone a Volcano?
Contrary to some lore, Lone Cone is not a volcano. It’s one of the Catface Intrusions, masses of quartz diorite that intruded the Westcoast Crystalline complex about 41 million years ago. In other words, the rock that formed Lone Cone solidified deep underground but is not volcanic.